Tom Collina tells Scott about the “nuclear sponge”, a collection of land-based nuclear weapons in America’s upper midwest, whose real purpose is just to absorb the strikes of a nuclear attack by a hostile power rather than to actually be used in an attack of their own, which would most likely be done by submarine. Needless to say this is utterly crazy. Collina reminds us that there are enough nukes between just the U.S. and Russia to destroy the world’s population centers many times over, not to mention the nuclear winter that would follow and could wipe out almost all life on the planet.
Discussed on the show:
- “Why Are We Rebuilding the ‘Nuclear Sponge’?” (The National Interest)
- “Welcome to America’s ‘Nuclear Sponge’” (Defense One)
- Able Archer 83
Tom Collina is Director of Policy for the Ploughshares Fund, a nonprofit combatting the spread of nuclear weapons. Collina writes for The National Interest, The Independent, Defense One, and many other publications. Find him on Twitter @TomCollina.
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